Pending Teacher Firings Met With Protest in Florence
Hand drawn signs reading, “Save Buckner” were posted outside of Florence-Carlton High School Wednesday morning, April 30, after children found out that a beloved German teacher would likely be cut from the staff.
“The kids were upset so they made 100 posters last night,” said trustee candidate Tara Zeiler, mother of one of the protesters. “They displayed them this morning at 7:00 a.m. according to the school’s handbook and Mr. Grabowska, the high school principal went around at 7:30 this morning tearing all of them down. When the students went in and asked why he tore them down or if they could have them back, he wouldn’t engage in any conversation with the students at all.”
Mr. Buckner isn’t alone in receiving a staff reduction letter. According to school board Trustee Colby Reynolds, a librarian and a science teacher will also be cut on May 5, one day before the next trustee election.
“I think it’s unethical,” Reynolds said. “I mean, they did the same thing last year when they called a special meeting the day before the election and rehired all the teachers and gave them raises. I’ll call it straight-out as dirty politics.”
Florence-Carlton is struggling with declining enrollment and the need to make a quarter of a million dollars worth of cuts.